Zion Stewart is a participant in Souths Cares Nanga Mai Marri (Dream Big) Program who has demonstrated his commitment to education and growth, whilst overcoming some significant challenges along his journey.

In recognition for his commitment to learning, Zion has been announced as a Finalist in the NSW Training Awards, for the Central and Northern Sydney region, in the category of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year.

Zion is currently in Year 12 at GOAL College whilst also studying Vocational Training at Ultimo TAFE. He is on-track to gain his HSC later this year along with his Cert 3 in Sports and Recreation and a Cert 3 in Community Services.

Earlier this year Zion faced some life challenges which would have derailed most young people’s education. Zion worked closely with his Souths Cares mentors to overcome these challenges and demonstrated a high level of resilience and determination to continue attending school and TAFE.

Since joining the Nanga Mai Marri Program, Zion has grasped every opportunity which has been offered to him including work experience placements, leadership and cultural camps, industry visits, employment expo’s and volunteering at Souths Cares events.

Zion has grown into a leadership role amongst his peers, is a dedicated learner and brings a great energy and enthusiasm to every activity he gets involved in.

Brittney Simpson, Nanga Mai Marri Mentor explained Zion had a number of characteristics which made him an excellent nominee for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award.

Brittney Simpson, Nanga Mai Marri Mentor

Zion has shown an incredible dedication to his education, training and personal growth. He has displayed resilience, determination and adaptability and has set himself up for a bright future after school.

Zion explained he was grateful for the nomination and the support he had received from Souths Cares Mentors and his Teachers at Goal College and TAFE.

“I was surprised when my Mentor told me I was getting nominated for this award, I feel humbled to be a finalist as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student of the year. I’d like to thank my Mentors and Teachers for supporting and believing in me”, Zion said.

Zion’s future goals are to complete his HSC and TAFE training this year and then pursue a career as a Youth Worker where he can support young people overcome adversity. The Nanga Mai Marri Program will continue to work with Zion as he achieves these goals.

The winners of the Central and Northern Sydney NSW Training Awards will be announced on the 13th of June. Souths Cares would like to acknowledge and celebrate all of the Nominees and Finalists for these awards.

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